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  • Obama directive easing school discipline for minority students fueling classroom chaos

    03/21/2018 5:32:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 21, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    The Trump administration is being accused of racism for targeting an Obama-era directive compelling schools to ease up on discipline for minority students — even though the policy has made life more difficult for kids, including minorities, stuck in increasingly unruly classrooms. Ask Virginia Walden Ford, who runs a church-based after-school snack program in Little Rock. She was recently surprised when a young, fearful black girl turned up before the end of the school day and admitted she had skipped class. Why? She had been involved in a fight the day before with another girl, but the school had refused...
  • Parents Of 12-Year-Old Say Son Killed Himself After Being Bullied Over Sexuality

    03/15/2018 3:22:52 PM PDT · by BBell · 44 replies ^ | 3/14/18 | Curtis M. Wong
    The parents of a 12-year-old Mississippi boy say he killed himself last week after being subjected to intense bullying. Andrew Leach of Southaven, Mississippi, was found dead at his family’s home March 6. Leach’s parents believe the sixth-grader had been struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, and killed himself after being bullied by fellow students at Southaven Middle School. “He finally came out with the information at school that he thought he may be bisexual,” Matt Leach told WREG. “I think that really amped up the bullying.” Leach said Southaven Middle School students had threatened his son with...
  • Dad forces son to run to school in rain as punishment for bullying other students

    03/06/2018 9:11:58 AM PST · by BBell · 78 replies ^ | 4/6/18 | Alex Lasker
    A video of a Virginia father's unorthodox punishment for his bullying son has gone viral. Bryan Thornhill shared a Facebook Live video on March 1 showing his 10-year-old son running to school in the rain as punishment after he was kicked off his school bus for three days for bullying another student. In the video, Thornhill says that he "does not tolerate" and "cannot stand" bullying, and refers to the unusual punishment as "old school, simple parenting." The father of two also claims that since his son has been running the mile trek to school every day, his attitude has...
  • The spoiled brats of Parkland persuade us only of their own boorishness

    03/04/2018 6:39:00 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 3/4/2018 | Monica Showalter
    A lot of attention has been focused on the Parkland shooting victims, out of which have emerged a few gun control activists. That's understandable, and for many, a matter of interest, given the students' firsthand experience with the worst experience anyone can possibly have with a gun. All the same, the sympathy factor started to congeal early when news emerged that these right-on-the-spot activists were just dupes in the hands of professional gun control lobbyists looking to capitalize on a tragedy, well financed and organized even before the bodies of their classmates were cold. It all started to look questionable,...
  • Dick's Sporting Goods Ends Sale Of Assault-Style Rifles, Citing Florida Shooting

    02/28/2018 7:07:01 AM PST · by rktman · 84 replies ^ | 2/28/2018 | Colin Dwyer Camila Domonoske
    Dick's Sporting Goods, one of the largest sports retailers in the U.S., has announced it is immediately ending its sales of assault-style rifles and requiring all customers to be older than 21 to buy a firearm at its stores. Additionally, the company will no longer sell high-capacity magazines. CEO Ed Stack announced the decision ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday, the same day survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are returning to class. Stack said the 19-year-old gunman allegedly behind that massacre, which claimed 17 lives and wounded many more in Parkland, Fla., had actually purchased...
  • Boycotts Against NRA Have Backfire Effect, Galvanize Conservatives

    02/26/2018 8:27:06 AM PST · by rktman · 67 replies ^ | 2/25/2018 | Peter Hasson
    The liberal campaign against the NRA has successfully pressured some companies to sever their partnerships with the gun rights group but it’s having another, unintended effect: galvanizing conservatives who feel the NRA has been unfairly attacked. Liberal activist groups turned the NRA into a scapegoat for the Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead and immediately launched a pressure campaign meant to weaken the NRA, which touts itself as the nation’s longest-standing civil rights organization. Liberals have threatened boycott campaigns against companies like FedEx, for having discount partnerships with NRA members. On that front, the activists have had some...
  • Amazon, Apple, YouTube Urged to Cut Ties with NRATV

    02/26/2018 8:10:50 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 2/26/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action is urging Amazon, Apple, and YouTube to cut ties with NRATV. DirectTV, AT&T, Google, and Roku are also being pressured to make the break. According to Huff Post, Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts released a statement saying, “NRATV is home to the NRA’s most dangerous and violence-inciting propaganda. It’s time for tech leaders to acknowledge their role in helping the NRA spread this dangerous content and cut it out.” She added, “We demand that Apple, Amazon, AT&T’s DIRECTV, Google and Roku all dump NRATV once and for all.” Brad Chase is friends with the...
  • Bank of America Reviewing Relations with ‘Assault Weapon’ Manufacturers

    02/25/2018 10:17:50 AM PST · by rktman · 44 replies ^ | 2/25/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Bank of America is undertaking a review of its relations with “assault weapon” manufacturers. On February 24 Axios published a statement from Bank of America: We are joining other companies in our industry to examine what we can do to help end the tragedy of mass shootings, and an immediate step we’re taking is to engage the limited number of clients we have that manufacture assault weapons for non-military use to understand what they can contribute to this shared responsibility. This statement follows a February 19 New York Times’ column which explained how banks and credit card companies could team...
  • These Companies Are Sticking By The NRA

    02/25/2018 7:54:43 AM PST · by rktman · 70 replies ^ | 2/23/2018 | Sara Boboltz
    In what may be a pivotal moment for American gun law reform, the National Rifle Association has become the object of intense pushback from anti-gun activists and survivors of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead. All the attention prompted the gun-rights group to break from its usual strategy of keeping quiet after mass gun deaths. NRA officials have gone on the attack to rail against the “politicization” of a tragedy, and going so far as to suggest that members of the media “love mass shootings” because of the ratings they supposedly bring. The...
  • To longtime friend, school shooter Nikolas Cruz was lonely, volatile, ostracized

    02/22/2018 9:30:37 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 68 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | February 17, 2018 | Julie K. Brown
    To [Nikolas] Cruz, the campus’ sun-splashed courtyards were a dark place where he was mocked and ridiculed for his odd behavior, according to interviews with close family friends, students and recently released police and mental health reports. “Someone could have approached a faculty member, a guidance counselor, a teacher and said, ‘This kid gets bullied a lot, someone should do something,’ ” said student Manolo Alvarez, 17, who had history class with Cruz. “I regret definitely not saying anything.”
  • Public trust in Facebook and Twitter has fallen to new low, study finds

    01/22/2018 9:44:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 22 January 2018 • 8:37AM
    Trust in social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter has reached a new low, a major credibility survey has warned, over concerns they do not do enough to tackle bullying, illegal activities and the spreading of extremist content on their sites. Most people think the online companies are not regulated enough (64 percent) and lack transparency (63 percent), according to the Edelman Trust Barometer. Just over half (57 percent) believe social media firms take advantage of users’ loneliness, and 62 percent think they are selling people’s data without their knowledge. A third (34 percent) do not think social media...
  • Inspector General: IRS Employees Found ‘Harrassing or Abusing Taxpayers’

    12/20/2017 12:01:00 PM PST · by x1stcav · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/20/17 | Staff
    The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which oversees the Internal Revenue Service, reports that in fiscal 2016 the IRS closed four cases in which IRS employees were found to have violated a law governing their behavior toward taxpayers and that these violations included “harassing and abusing taxpayers and using obscene and profane language.” In 1998, Congress enacted a law imposing restrictions on the way that IRS employees could treat taxpayers. As explained by the IG, this included a prohibition on an IRS employee contacting a taxpayer at “unusual or inconvenient times,” contacting the taxpayer directly if the taxpayer “has...
  • It’s Time To Call Out Bullying By Social Justice Warriors

    12/19/2017 5:36:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    <p>On December 5, 23-year-old Canadian adult film star August Ames (born Mercedes Grabowski) hanged herself in a public park after a day of being viciously attacked on Twitter. While Ames had battled depression and did not mention the online bullying in her suicide note, it likely played a role: Ames’s final tweet, hours before her death, said “fuck y’all.”</p>
  • How to Deal With Bullies

    12/13/2017 4:50:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 97 replies ^ | December 13, 2017 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, America found a new cause to rally around: Keaton Jones. Keaton is a middle school student who was apparently viciously bullied at school for the crime of having a scar on his head from the removal of a tumor. His mother filmed a video of him crying as he explained that other kids had poured milk over his head and mocked him; through his tears, Jones questioned why kids treat one another this way. The video was absolutely heartbreaking. It was particularly painful for me. I skipped two grades. By the time I hit sophomore year of high...
  • Porn Star August Ames Commits Suicide after SJW Mob Condemns Her Refusal to Work with Gay Actors

    12/07/2017 2:03:51 PM PST · by Rastus · 175 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | December 7, 2017 | Charlie Nash
    Porn star August Ames was found dead of an apparent suicide Wednesday, one day after the adult actress was apparently bullied by social justice warriors on social media for explaining she would not perform in scenes alongside male actors who also perform in gay porn, due to health concerns. Ames, whose real name is Mercedes Grabowski, “died of asphyxia due to hanging” in what has been ruled as a suicide, according to Ventura County, California officials. She was 23 years old. Grabowski was bullied on Twitter after she announced her refusal to do porn scenes with gay porn actors, citing...
  • For Attempt to Record Bullying, Mother Is Charged with Felony [semi-satire]

    11/26/2017 9:24:57 AM PST · by John Semmens · 29 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 Nov 2017 | John Semmens
    After numerous unanswered complaints to the bureaucrats running Ocean View Elementary school in Norfolk, Virginia regarding her daughter being bullied by other students, Sarah Sims put a digital recorder in her 9-year-old’s backpack. School authorities found the recorder and reported it to the police. Sims is now charged with “felony use of a device to intercept oral communication.” Vice-Principal Rupert Petty explained that “covert recording is not a minor infraction. For one thing, surveillance is the exclusive prerogative of school authorities. Students and parents who take it upon themselves to usurp this prerogative demonstrate a disrespect for authority. We have...
  • Virginia mom charged after sending daughter to school with device to record alleged bullying

    11/23/2017 5:15:35 AM PST · by Hadean · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov. 23, 2017 | Nicole Darrah
    A Virginia mother has reportedly been charged with a felony after putting a recording device in her daughter’s backpack to catch alleged bullying. Sarah Sims put a digital recorder into her 9-year-old daughter’s backpack in September in an attempt to obtain proof that she was being bullied at Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk and to show that no one was helping her daughter, WAVY-TV reported. “If I’m not getting an answer from you what am I left to do?” Sims said of trying to take action on her own, noting the school didn’t respond to her repeated calls and...
  • Muslim and LGBTQ students targeted for bullying, surveys show

    11/05/2017 11:23:24 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 37 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | November 5, 2017 | Sharon Noguchi
    Just how much of the inflammatory rhetoric from the nation’s political leaders harms young people isn’t precisely known, but two recently released surveys show that groups scapegoated in public run greater risk of being bullied.
  • Family says bullied 11-year-old told pals before killing herself

    11/03/2017 6:49:48 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 107 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/03/2017 | Jackie Salo
    The family of a South Carolina girl who committed suicide says she shot herself because she was bullied. Toni Rivers, 11, confided to friends before her death, saying that “she just couldn’t do this anymore, and she was going home, and she was killing herself,” the family told news station WTOC. The sixth-grader reportedly returned home Oct. 25 from her Hampton County School District elementary school and shot herself. Her 14-year-old sister found her lying on her back with a gunshot wound and called 911. {..snip..}
  • What does it take to make a snowflake?

    10/25/2017 5:06:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 10/24/2017 | Patty Ann Malley
    The complaints are everywhere. Kids, young adults included, are incapable. Dumbed-down! Inept! They’re “snowflakes.” Drifting with the breeze, piling up to weigh down roofs and flatten fences, snowflakes melt at the slightest rise in temperature while more await being pushed aside so functioning adults can get to work. But nothing happens in a box. The modern snowflake didn’t arrive like a Currier and Ives Christmas card. Their existence owes in part to previous generations being either too busy working, or inventing methods to avoid work, that no thought was given to product quality at home. (Where the heart is, remember?)...